Bengaluru’s public restrooms quadruple the cost from Rs. 5 to Rs. 10

Water constraint in Namma Bengaluru has even affected public restrooms. The next time you visit a public restroom, bring extra change since the people in charge of them are asking for twice as much.

Until recently, users of the Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) paid Rs 2 to urinate and Rs 5 to defecate in public restrooms. However, because the city was struck by a water scarcity, the charges have increased to Rs 5 and Rs 10, respectively. In addition, water is provided in little buckets, and more water costs extra.

The reason toilet operators charge more is because of the drying up of borewells and water scarcity. They claim that the cost of operating these public restrooms has increased due to pricing increases by water tankers.

Despite the increase in fees, a BMTC bus driver said that public restrooms are still filthy, odorous, and unclean. According to him, some restrooms have ceased offering bathing services, while others have temporarily closed due to a water scarcity.

“We require three tankers of water per day and the cost of each tanker of water is Rs 5,000,” said a worker in charge of the Majestic public restroom. Our income has been reduced, and the most of it is being used to pay for water bills.

Tushar Girinath, the chief commissioner of the BBMP, was unavailable for comment.

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